Orange City Council will soon be calling for heritage enthusiasts to be involved in determining which areas, places and items in Orange should be placed on the heritage register.
The Community Based Heritage Study was last completed in 2012 and will shortly come under review.
Orange Mayor Reg Kidd said the review would look at expanding Orange’s heritage conservation areas and providing protection for items and properties in the local government area, deemed to be significant.
“In the coming months we’ll be calling on members of the community to identify heritage significant areas or items for consideration to be included as a listed item,” Cr Kidd said.
“During the last review, in 2012, the community came up with another 250 properties to be included.
“The process will involve public meetings to be held in May, professional assistance in site identification and ultimately the adoption of the final Study by Councillors.”
Cr Kidd said inclusion of properties on the register means more opportunities for land owners.
“Sometimes home owners may get a little nervous if their home is included on the register because inclusion on the register comes with it protections for certain elements of the home.
“But it also comes with it the opportunity to apply for funding to help upgrade and maintain heritage elements.
“Free professional advice on heritage is also available to owners of heritage items, or within conservation areas.
“Home owners won’t be compelled into undertaking onerous restoration programmes, but if they want to renovate, being included on the register opens the doors for a range of services and grants to help.
“This project can make a great deal of difference to the heritage and history of our city.
“That’s why I am asking the community to start thinking about what is of value to them and whether they want to contribute to the future of Orange by protecting its past.”